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Chris Willis

I love this talk. Sir Robinson is a great speaker. TED is one of my very favorite websites. GREAT thinkers that really stretch your brain. Other favorites of my is Majora Carter, passion demonstrated. Eva Vertes, the first 5 minutes of her talk demonstrates what we all should want kids to say and feel about our schools.

I encourage all people to check out TED.



First a comment-- I love your blog. Insightful and I will share this with my fellow administrators in my NJ district.

I've seent he Ken Robsinson video-- thought provoking and funny. As a follow up, a good companion if you haven't read it is Daniel Pink's book "A Whole New Mind".


Kelly Christopherson

Great video. The proof, however, is not in what we think of the video but in our own actions. Are we willing to try something and fail? Do we go outside our comfort zone and give things a try? Do we apologize to a student for being wrong? Are we willing to admit that we made an error in judgment and need to reconsider things?

My experience at this began when I had children and had to, for the first time, apologize for what I had done and explain that I had made a mistake. It was an incredibly emotional moment when my daughter hugged me and forgave me. The power of that moment has never left me.

It is hard to explain to a young teenager that it is alright to make mistakes and learn from them if they do not see the same thing being practiced by the adults around them. That is why I choose to do so whenever I make a mistake involving a child. I've never regretted it once. As a school administrator, these are some of the most difficult, yet rewarding moments. They don't happen often but, when they do, I have been amazed at what the outcome has been and the relationships that have developed, even when students don't appear to care.

It has also been my experience that we must be willing to try things and fail in order to learn. That's how kids learn to play video games. They try and try and try, learning along the way and that is why some adults fear technology, they don't want to fail. Somewhere along the way, they learned that trying and failing, although said to be the way of learning, was in fact not looked upon that positively. To fail was, in fact, to be a failure and not to be a learner.

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